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Violas

We have FINE and RARE PROFESSIONAL violas made by craftsmen like Guadagnini, Testore and modern Italian makers available here regularly.  Please inquire if you have a specific request for an old master instrument or bow. 

Listed below are many of the fine violas we currently have in stock.

NOTE: Some of our finest instruments are not listed on this site. Please inquire about specific requests.

All consignments will be considered.

Trade-ins are also welcome. We usually give two-thirds (or sometimes more) of the original price back on trade-in instruments and bows purchased here if they are in the same condition as when we sold them, barring normal usage. If you have an instrument or bow that was not originally sold to you by us, we will also be happy to consider it for trade-in.

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Violas
All prices are in Canadian Dollars unless otherwise noted.

Leopold Widhalm and son. Nurnberg, Germany c. 1760. Leopold Widhalm and son. Nurnberg, Germany c. 1760.
This is an amazing viola in wonderful condition. Beautiful sound. $ Please
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Enzo Lassi Viola Made by Enzo Lassi, Italy. Fine Italian maker. 16". It has the sound that pro viola players are seeking. $27,000 US
John Newton, Canada. made in 2000 Good viola. 41 cm (16 1/8")body, narrow upper bouts for soloists. Nicely flamed maple 2-piece back and matching sides. $12,500
Piergiuseppe ESPOSTI
#Cpe-ava384
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1998 Cremona, Italy (40.8cm) 16 1/8". Fine Italian viola made by the well-known Italian master luthier, Piergiuseppe Esposti. Stradivari model with maker's Certificate of Authenticity. Smooth, powerful Viola sound. Nice one-piece back with
horizontal flames. Fine condition.
$10,000
Andrew WEINSTEIN
#AVA-1040
1995 Boston 16" (40.6cm), This professional viola has a powerful, warm, dark viola sound and is in excellent condition. Nicely antiqued varnish, with a classical appearance. $10,000
Roland Gentle 1983 viola
Fine viola made by Roland Gentle of Cambridge England. It is a Stradivarius model, golden brown, with good quality maple and spruce. The length is 42.2 centimeters. It has a pleasant medium large tone.
$10,000
Leo ASCHAUER. 1964 Mittenwald, Germany. 15 15/16"
#Clr513
Professional viola. Has a 1972 certificate from William Moennig and Son of Philadelphia. Excellent European tone woods, and fine sound.
$9000
Robert CLEMMENS
#CMC-2      SOLD
1988 Chicago. 15 5/8" A fine warm, full-sounding, very responsive viola in fine condition. Comfortable size in body length. Golden brown.  
Edouard BARTLETT
#Cmc312
2001 Owen Sound, Canada. 16 5/8". A fine professional viola by a well-respected Canadian luthier. Desirable sound. High quality tone-wood. Very fine condition. #. $7500
Istvan Farkas
Bodapest (Hungary) 1994  
#Ava-2174  
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16 9/16" (42cm)Made by the luthier, Istvan Farkas. Excellent tone woods. This is a very desirable-sounding viola in very fine condition.. $6500
Ed Bartlett, Owen Sound 1981 - 5th Viola -- #CCD615 Fine 16" viola. Large sound. $5500
Marc LABERTE. France. c1950. #3127 16" Guarneri del Gesu model viola. Excellent condition. Powerful tone. Red-brown on deep golden ground colour. Good spruce top. Two-piece maple back with narrow flames descending from the center. Ribs and scroll of matching maple. $5500
John Thomas Kuczer, 1950, Winnipeg.
#Ceg012
Fine sounding viola. 15 3/4 inches (40cm). well-made and attractive, in excellent condition.. $4500
Guang Hong
#Ava-1422
New. Beijing 16" c.2006. Well-made of fine European wood. Stradivarius model. Nice-sounding viola. Antique style varnish, #Ava-1422. $3600
REEVE viola
#Ava-1443
Germany. 1976 - #167. 16" Nicely carved high-grade spruce top and well-flamed curly maple back, sides and neck. Focused sound. $3500
WOLFF Brothers
#Ava-2028
Germany. 1887 - #645. 15.5" Nice old German viola from the 19th Century. Antique brown oil varnish.  Top plate varnish restored. Fine condition. #Ava-2028. $3400
Giovani Basino
#ava-2583
2007, 15.5", Beijing. Italian style, "Domenicus Montagnana" model, M203. Delux oil varnish. Medium-dark sound. $2800
Andreas Eastman M905
#Ava-2621
16.5" 2001 Mint condition. Outstanding fine Viola outfit. Model 905. Antique varnish.
Highest workmanship and quality of sound. Made of the best tone woods.
$2690
Andreas Eastman M615
#Ava-1972
15" 2008 Outstanding quality. Model 615 Viola. High-grade flamed maple and
well-aged spruce. Lightly antiqued and hand-varnished. Dark orange-brown on a yellow-brown ground coat. The tone is rich and powerful with pleasing complexity.
$2550
Edouard Bartlett, 1966 Owen Sound. 15 7/8" viola #CAG616 Another Fine Canadian viola. Medium to Dark brown varnish. 40.5 cm body
(15 7/8"). $2500..
$2500
Istvan Farkas. shop/model VIOLA
#Ava-2173
Hungary. 16.5" Fine condition. Good tone wood, and workmanship. $2500
Rudolf Doetsch
#Ava-1866
2002 German. New, 16", Nice Quality wood and workmanship wood, full sound. $2390
Rudoulf DOETSCH
#Ava-2060
2009. Germany. 15" Good German Viola, made of European spruce and flamed curly maple. Carefully thicknessed for fine tone by Master luthiers. Beautiful authentic antique varnish. $2390
Roderich PAESOLD
#Ava-2136
c.2009 Germany. 15.5" Fine German viola. Made of nice European tone woods. Very good sound. Beautiful varnish. $2100
Giovani Basino
#Ava-1582
Made in modern Italian Style. Stradivari model 202. Antique oil varnish. $2100
Leandro Bisiach" 1926 model viola
 #CEFN13
A good copy made in Beijing c.2010. Excellent workmanship. Sound projects well. $2200
"Pietro Minotti" model
#CRD1-509
Pietro Minotti model. 2008. Beijing. 16.5".
Very well-made viola. Golden-brown. Good tone.
$2100
Frank Humphrey, Stratford, ON
#28
Made 2002. 15 9/16" Gasparo Da Salo model from 1580. Fine, dark and good viola tone.  Nice brown oil varnish. Well-inlaid purfling design on the back in Da Salo style.  Double purfling all around the edges of the top and back. Made under the supervision of Henry Riedstra.$3500. $3500
Jean-Pierre Lupot M501
#Ava-2793
2012. 16" viola. Made in the style of the French master viola. Elegant antiqued
reddish-brown varnish on a deep golden ground. Well-flamed maple back and select spruce top. Beautiful sound, response and projection.
$1680
Old Saxon Viola
#CCF609      SOLD
Old Czech Viola. c. 1925. 15 5/16" "Wm Walls, Florida" label Good tone. Fine condition. Good old European woods. $1650
Old Saxon Viola
#Ava-2099
c.1900. Germany. 15.25" Nice brown varnish. Two-piece Curly maple back with flames descending from the center. Fine spruce top. Good sound. $1600
Hai Chou, Beijing, 2006
#CPM513
Full, rich-sounding attractive viola. Excellent condition. $1600
Copy of Istvan Farkas VIOLA Fine condition.  Comfortable 16" size. $1600
"Moling SONG" workshop
#Ava-319
Handcarved in Beijing, 16" 1998. Neck thickness has been adjusted. Nice wood. Dark Golden. Very good sound. $1600
Andreas Eastman M305
#Ava-1977
15.5" 2009 A favourite viola among players. Model 305. Antique varnish shaded dark
red-brown on a golden brown ground. Superior wood and craftmanship. A responsive instrument with clear tone and great personality.
$1460
Antonius Stradivarius
 #Ava-1978
Antonius Stradivarius c.1970 Czechoslovakia.15.5"
Czechoslovakian Viola. Nice red-brown varnish. Good two-piece maple back
and spruce top. Fine European workmanship and tone.
$1200
Giovanni Basino M305
 #Ava-2671
2012. Beijing. 14". Viola. Hand-made viola by well-experienced luthiers in the modern Italian tradition. Beautiful 2-piece back with flames descending from the center of the curly maple back. $1200
Antonius Stradivarius 1713 model
 #Clw811
Czechoslovakia. Good older student viola. $1200
Karl Nurnberger M20
#Ava-327
1998. Czech Rep. M20. 16" Fine viola in very good condition. Well-thicknessed. Responsive sound with well-developed C string tone. $995
Samuel Eastman M200
#Ava-2792
2013. 16" . Handcrafted from selected, seasoned tone woods with ebony fingerboard and boxwood fittings. Remarkable tonal quality, and workmanship. Beautiful flamed maple with hand-applied satin varnish. $960
Samuel Eastman M110
#Ava-2513  
2011. Viola outfit. 15.5" Good model 110 viola outfit. Select spruce top and select flamed maple back, sides and scroll. Nicely varnished. Ebony fingerboard. Attractive workmanship and responsive tone. With bow and case. $830
Joseph Jan Dvorak
#Ava-502     SOLD
c2000. Czech Rep. 15.5" Viola Outfit. Hand-carved European spruce and maple. Medium brown varnish. With bow and case. $795
Joseph Jan Dvorak
#Ava-501     SOLD
c1999. Czech Rep. 15.5" Viola Outfit. Good student viola. European spruce and maple. Hand-carved. Medium brown varnish. With BK21 bow and case. $795
Joseph Jan Dvorak
#Ava-500     SOLD
c1999. Czech Rep. 14" Viola Outfit. Medium brown varnish. Good student viola. European spruce and maple. With BK21 bow and case. $725
Samuel Eastman M80
#Ava-2446
2011 Viola Outfit.15" Good hand-carved workmanship, with ebony fingerboard. Spruce top; maple back, sides and scroll. Nicely varnished. Consistently pleasant to play with good tone. $499
Samuel Eastman M80
#Ava-2773
2013 Viola Outfit.16" Good hand-carved workmanship, with ebony fingerboard. Spruce top; maple back, sides and scroll. Nicely varnished. Consistently pleasant to play with good tone. $475
Samuel Eastman M80
#Ava-2626
2013 Viola Outfit.14" Good hand-carved workmanship, with ebony fingerboard. Model 80. Spruce top; maple back, sides and scroll. Nicely varnished. Consistently pleasing to play with good tone. $475
Samuel Eastman M80
#Ava-2626
2012 Viola Outfit.14" Good hand-carved workmanship, with ebony fingerboard. Model 80. Spruce top; maple back, sides and scroll. Nicely varnished. Consistently pleasing to play with good tone. $475
Samuel Eastman. 3/4 size M80
#Ava-3/4-2351
2010. Viola Outfit. 13" Good 3/4 viola 13" body. Model 80. Nicely varnished and made for good tone. Includes bow and case. $475
Samuel Eastman. 3/4 size M80
#Ava-3/4-2791
2013. Viola Outfit. 13" Good 3/4 viola 13" body. Good 3/4 viola outfit. Model 80. Hand-carved workmanship. Ebony fingerboard. Spruce top. Maple back, sides and scroll. Nicely varnished. Always pleasing to play with good tone. $475
Jay Haide violas New plain varnished (Jay Haide), and antique varnished - Jay Haide a l'ancienne - violas. Very pleasant sounding and beautiful modern violas in various sizes. E-mail for
special pricing
Antonio ROSSI
#Ava-1876
2005, 16". Good viola. Responsive darker sound. Nice wood, Very fine condition. $795
1/2-1221 Giovanni Basino Viola outfit Half-size Viola outfit. Fine tonal qualities. Nice varnish, wood and workmanship. Made in Beijing, 2005. With bow and case. $595
1/2-1383 Giovanni Basino Viola outfit Half-size Viola outfit. Nice varnish, wood and workmanship. Fine tone. Made in Beijing 2006. With bow and case. $695
1/2-2553 Eastman M80 Viola outfit Half-size Eastman 80 Viola outfit. Made in 2012. Fine sound and appearance. $475
1/4-1921 Giovanni Basino M200 Viola outfit Quarter size Viola outfit. Very attractive sound and appearance. Made in Beijing in 2009. $695
1/4-2048 Giovanni Basino Viola outfit Quarter size Viola outfit. Fine-sounding viola, made of high grade wood and attractive varnish. Made in Beijing in 2010. $750
1/8-1247 Giovanni Basino Viola outfit Eighth-size Viola outfit for a 5 to 6 year old. Attractive sound, wood and varnish. Fine workmanship. Made in 2005 in Beijing. $695
1/8-1426 Giovanni Basino Viola outfit Eighth-size Viola outfit for a 5 to 6 year old. Fine sound. Attractive wood and varnish. Fine workmanship. Made in Beijing in 2006. $695
1/8-1500 Giovanni Basino Viola outfit Eighth-size Viola outfit for a 5 to 6 year old. Very good sound. Attractive wood, workmanship and varnish. Made in Beijing in 2007. $695

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